Xenada Helen Shaffer Holland, 101, a resident of Seneca Road in Elkins, passed away in her home of 62 years at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, with family by her bedside.
Mrs. Holland was born Feb. 20, 1912, in Cumberland, Md., a daughter of the late Charles and Clara Adams Shaffer.
She graduated from Rowlesburg High School in Preston County and majored in home economics at West Virginia University. She also studied art at Davis & Elkins College.
She was married for 62 years to Lunsford B. Holland, who preceded her in death Oct. 15, 1996.
Surviving are one daughter, Lunada Stuart; and two sons, General Charles Holland (Retired) and wife, Nancy, of Colorado Springs, Colo. General Holland was formerly Commander in Chief of United States Special Operations Command. Brigadier General Richard Holland (West Virginia Retired Reserve) and wife, Dr. Marisa Holland, of Elkins; nine grandchildren, Melissa Stuart Notz and husband, Dean, of Hillsboro, Ore., Michael Stuart of Durham, N.C., Major Charles "Chuck" Holland and wife, Sharon, stationed at Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., Justin Holland of Green Cove Springs, Fla., Matthew Holland of Fin Castle, Va., Bethany Holland of Charlotte, N.C., and Madison, Mackenzie and Brock Holland, all of Elkins; four great-grandchildren, great-grandsons, Tristan and Gavin Holland of Lompoc, Calif., great-granddaughter, Caitlin Holland of Lompoc, Calif., and great-granddaughter, Julia Notz of Hillsboro, Ore.; and special nieces include Sandra Corder Walters of Macomber, Helen Shaffer Duckworth Flook of Smithburg, Md., and Norma Shaffer Schnabley of La Vale, Md.
Mrs. Holland was especially proud of being an elementary homeroom mother for 14 consecutive years, serving four years at the old Third Ward School and eight years at Central School. She was an active PTA member who enjoyed soliciting support for the school carnivals. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother for several years and also served on a committee for funding of the Randolph County United Way. She was a 50-year member of GFWC, a member of John Hart Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, College Aid of Davis & Elkins College, a 50-year member of Randolph Chapter No. 74, Order of the Eastern Star, White Shrine, Tygart Valley Ladies of Oriental Shrine Club, past president of the Lady Templars and an active board member of the Order of Rainbow for girls. Xenada was a volunteer of Davis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for more than 40 years, a member of the Senior Center and a member of First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed swimming at the Elkins YMCA and, at the age of 84, was able to run a mile on the indoor track. She vacationed and visited with family in various states from the East Coast to West Coast - often bringing back to her home a small rock to remember the state visited. She traveled the world with her husband to include Europe, China, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Hong Kong to name a few. She had a zest for life. Family was always her focus. She was recognized, by many relatives, as the "best cook in the family," as she was able to prepare a 10-course delicious meal with ease. She was a "Betty Crocker/Martha Stewart" rolled into one. She supported her husband in all his endeavors including, Holland and Selders Motel and Seneca Motel. Her husband would often invite motel guests home to enjoy a home-cooked meal "fresh from his garden." She was always more than willing to oblige. Xenada was a supportive spouse, mother and grandparent who will always be remembered and cherished by relatives and friends.
Friends may call from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. At 3 p.m. Sunday, a memorial service will be conducted by Randolph Chapter No. 74 Order of the Eastern Star. On Monday, Mrs. Holland will be moved to First United Methodist Church in Elkins for visitation from 10 until 11 a.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Dr. Basil A. Hensley and the Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parley will officiate. Interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens near Gilman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Davis Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 1484, Elkins, WV 26241 or to the First United Methodist Church, 315 Kerens Ave., Elkins WV 26241, in memory of Mrs. Holland.
Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Xenada Helen Shaffer Holland. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.